Substandard Mass Sterilization At A Government Camp Kills 11 Women in Chattisgarh

Amrit Jana
By Amrit Jana November 12, 2014 12:50

Substandard Mass Sterilization At A Government Camp Kills 11 Women in Chattisgarh

A botched sterilization that took place at a government health camp organized at the Kannan Pendair village in Bilaspur district turned out to be a major medical tragedy for 11 women of Chhattisgarh. The result of the mass tubectomies was that 11 women lost their lives and seven are battling for their life at the hospital. There are 40 other women who in a state of shock and trauma due to loss of blood. There were a total of 83 tubectomy operations that were performed on Chhattisgarh women at the government health camp in Bilaspur district and these operations were completed in three and a half hours with one doctor and an attendant. The time taken to complete one surgery was just two minutes.

Substandard Mass Sterilization At A Government Camp Kills 11 Women in Chattisgarh

The minimum time that a doctor needs to complete one tubectomy procedure on an average is 30 minutes and here the doctor has done tubectomies for 15 patients in half an hour. The surgeries started at 1:30 pm on Saturday and lasted till 5 pm when all 83 tubectomies were completed. Dr R K Gupta was the doctor who conducted the surgeries on the patients with the help of a laparoscopy machine. Dr Katalam Singh Dhruve, the medical officer of Takhatpur primary health centre, told the press that Dr Gupta was the person who conducted the surgeries on the patients. Now, an FIR has been filed against Dr Gupta.

Most of the women who underwent the tubectomy operation complained of abdominal pain and got admitted to the hospital on Sunday. The first fatality took place on Monday and 10 more women took their last breath on Tuesday making it a total of 11 lives lost. It is believed that the surgeries conducted on these women might have triggered hypovolemic shocks that led to heavy fluid and blood loss in these patients and the heart was not in a position to pump enough blood.

Officials have reported that at least 60 of the 83 women who underwent a tubectomy operation on Saturday got admitted to the hospital on Sunday. The women who underwent surgery were in the age group between 22 to 32 years. Janaki Bai, 30 years, was the first woman to die in the Bilaspur hospital as her condition began to worsen hours after her admission and she died early on Monday. The duty doctor at the hospital Dr. Anuran said that the cause of the death cannot be stated and it can only be told after the blood reports and autopsy are received. But, it appears to be administration of wrong drugs or bacterial infection after the operation.        

Amrit Jana
By Amrit Jana November 12, 2014 12:50